Setting and achieving goals takes effort and time. Especially the what, when, and why of each goal. But, when done right, reaching your goal becomes easier and more enjoyable.
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Every person's life is distinct and different in many ways. Everyone has their own desires. Therefore, goals come in all shapes and sizes. As a result, defining, pursuing, and accomplishing your goals can be messy and challenging.
It is useful to understand that for any goal there are three universal characteristics. This is a structure you can work with. It is a framework, that simplifies life and increases your likelihood of success.
These three universal aspects are: What, When, and Why. With them you can work towards your goal while, at the same time, keeping the big picture in mind.
When setting and attaining goals, it is important to stay within the structure below. By doing this, you become more consistent. And, consistency matters.
What do you want?
What exactly are you looking to accomplish? What are your objectives? You must be very specific and very clear: If you say, "I want to lose weight." Nope, that is not specific enough. Or, you might say to yourself, "I’d like to make more money." Again, nope, not specific enough.
It is by explicitly
defining and writing out your goal that your goal gains power and allows you to hone in on what you need to do to accomplish your goal.
Well-defined goals are always easier to
achieve. And when you write out a goal specifically, you get the extra push you need to
make it real. You do not want just one more hazy idea in your head.
When will you get it?
When do you want to reach your goal? Have you set a deadline?
Once you have a general timeline, you can start looking at the milestones you'll need to hit along the way. Then, you can assign time limitations to each one. This will provide you with benchmarks against which you can track your development.
When you come against obstacles and feel
tired, measuring your progress in increments will keep your spirits up.
You'll be able to say, "I'm halfway there," as you look back on what
Why are you doing this?
Why is this goal important to you? There is a reason it is pushing you.
Your why gives you power. If it is strong enough, you will do what you have to to succeed.
You now know what to do, when to do it, and why to do it. It is important to write it all down so you can come back to the lists when things are rough. When obstacles and difficulties appear, you will push forward.
It is a good habit to
review your lists on a weekly basis. In some cases, for the more difficult goals, you might want to review your lists daily.
These lists will serve as a reminder of why you started this journey, why you are continuing even when the going gets tough, and what awaits you at the end of this long trip. The pot of gold.
Setting and attaining goals is not for the faint of heart, but it will be a lot easier if you have your heart in it. And what is even more important is the person you become as you achieve goal after goal after goal.
Your long-term happiness is possible. Make that your highest goal.